Justseeds.org needs your help!

Many of you are familiar with Justseeds.org, one of the few online sites/stores for radical political posters, printmaking and socially-conscious street art. Well now with Clamor Infoshop Direct's bank accounts seized, Justseeds.org needs your help!

In this email:
1. Why has justseeds.org been shutdown?
2. What can you do to help re-open it?

1. Last week the company (Clamor Infoshop Direct) that was filling Justseeds' online orders (including hosting the webstore, processing payments, and shipping products), unexpectedly went bankrupt, immediately shutting down Justseeds' online store. This was a complete shock, as the fulfillment company was going through a transition of ownership, but no one had mentioned the possibility of collapse or bankruptcy. On top of shutting down distribution, the fulfillment house owed Justseeds upwards of $10,000 (most of that money in turn was owed directly to artists and zinesters who sold items on the site).

This has come at a terrible time - the holiday season is hardly the time to close up shop. Additionally, justseeds was in the process of transitioning to become an artist/worker owned and operated collective, with over a half dozen artists linking together to make a much more exciting and dynamic website and store. All the artists involved would make the site the primary venue for distributing their work, bringing dozens of new prints, posters, books and zines to the site. We also had plans of merging with the political street art website VisualResistance.org to add a political art blogging feature. Now this is all in jeopardy. The formation of our new collective entity will be near impossible if we are saddled with such a huge debt before we even get off the ground.

2. We're asking people to help rebuild Justseeds.org. Your donation will keep political art available and support artists doing work that is not fundable through art world and granting channels. Any donations would be more than welcome, from $5 to $500. If 1000 people gave $10 each, that would cover the debt. You can donate by going to www.jutseeds.org/donate.html. Any money that comes in will go directly to servicing old debt and then getting the new collective up and running.

In addition to monetary support, we would be happy to receive suggestions of new fulfillment houses, pro-bono business and accounting advice, and help spreading the word about the situation. This is a critical moment and justseeds might go under, which would have an impact on a large community of artists and writers who depend on justseeds for distribution and supporters who depend on it to access to art they can't find anywhere else.

Thanks to everyone that has supported Justseeds since it started it back in 1997. Hopefully we'll be able to continue for another ten years.